12 Laws of Leadership: Law of Passion and Vision
Let’s chat about leadership and the Law of Passion and Vision!
Why is leadership important?
There are three primary reasons leadership is important:
- Everything starts and ends with leadership. Long-term success and sustainability in any business requires leadership.
- People buy into the leader first and then the vision.
- Leadership is the key component to higher levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty and engagement and ultimately, your bottom line.
The importance of passion and vision
Passion is required for the long haul. If you’re not passionate about what it is you are doing and how you’re being of service to the world and the legacy you’re going to leave, then find something else that you are passionate about because life is too short.
Here are three reasons why passion and vision are important in leadership
Part of having passion and vision is core values.
- Core values help you make decisions in defining moments. My core values are trust, faith, love, community, balance, gratitude, respect, family, service, personal growth, and legacy. I’ll share a brief story in a moment about how knowing my values, really embodying my values and vision, helped me make a decision in a very defining moment in my life.
2. Passion and vision and values are important in leadership as it helps you know your next best move.
3. It helps ensure your team works toward a common goal.
Passion and vision are required when you are going through blood, sweat, tears, ups and downs of entrepreneurship. You’ve got to have passion. You’ve got to have vision. You’ve got to know where you’re going and you’ve got to be really grounded around your values to help dictate how you lead your business.
Here’s a video I recorded about passion and vision in leadership:
Personal story about values
When my dad was hit by a semi, in a 20 plus car pile up, December 22nd of 2009 and he was my already disabled mother’s caregiver at the time. He was the smartest man I knew. I was a daddy’s girl. He, over the course of two and a half years, had 11 brain surgeries. He had severe traumatic brain injury. He had physical injuries. My mother was diagnosed with cancer weeks before his accident and she was already, as I mentioned, disabled. She had 24/7 oxygen, COPD, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, diabetes, high everything and she had paranoid schizophrenia and depression.
I had to make a decision in a very defining moment. I was at a peak in my professional career, my corporate career at the time. Yes, I’m a corporate escapee. I had a corner office, cushy job. I loved, loved everything. I was the epitome. If you looked up “engaged employee” in the dictionary, it was a picture of me. I loved our mission, our vision, our values. I was there for 21 years. I loved it and family was one of my values and my parents needed me. My younger sister, much younger sister, was in a car accident weeks before my dad’s accident as well and couldn’t be a partner with me, as she was going through her own things and ultimately became addicted to pain medication.
I ended up leaving my then 21 year career, 23 year career at the time, corporate career in leadership to take care of both of my parents. My kids, as a single mom, I was raising my kids alone as well. We moved them into our modest home and took care of them until their respective deaths.
Why am I telling you this story? Because my decision to leave my corporate career was a defining moment. It was only made possible because I was clear about my vision and my values. Now, I knew that my vision and my legacy and the world was much larger than my corporate career and I already had a business. It was part-time at the time, but nevertheless, I had to go through this process in my head. I had to really make a decision, again, leading from the inside out and say, “Okay, here are my values. Here’s the decision that I’m faced with.”
I made the only decision I felt I could make at the time and I’m so glad I did. I don’t regret a minute of it. It helped me get through that very difficult time in my life.
It’s your turn
One thing that you can do to move your passion and vision meter higher towards a ten is to affirm what you’re passionate about in your business. Why are you passionate about what it is you do? What are you passionate about? What makes you tick? Affirm your core values and your vision. I encourage you to go on Facebook Live or go on YouTube or go Periscope, wherever you hang out on social media and I encourage you share this in a very visible way. I encourage you to share what your values are, what you stand for and why it’s important to you.
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